OAKLAND, Calif. — Harrison Barnes finished dual outrageous defensive mistakes in a final minute. He redeemed himself and a Golden State Warriors with one large shot.
That’s only how things have left for Golden State this season.
Barnes strike a using shot in a line with reduction than a second remaining, lifting a Warriors to a mad 107-106 win over a Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
“Coach (Steve) Kerr kind of looked during me after we finished a shot like, `You messed adult on those dual defensive possessions, yet it’s OK,” Barnes said, chuckling.
Warriors some-more propitious than good in mad win
The Warriors got divided with one opposite a Suns, and they’d be a initial to acknowledge it, writes Ethan Sherwood Strauss.
That’s all a Warriors could do following a diversion — giggle it off.
Barnes’ large shot came after Eric Bledsoe pennyless giveaway for a retreat layup — when Barnes should’ve rotated to a basket — to put Phoenix forward with 4.5 seconds to play. And Bledsoe’s layup followed Stephen Curry‘s go-ahead 3-pointer that clearly sent a Warriors forward for good.
Instead, it took all 48 mins for a NBA-leading Warriors (62-13) to extend their latest winning strain to 11 games. They fell behind by 4 underneath 3 mins to play and traded scores with a vanishing Suns (38-38) in a mad finish.
With tiny left to play for other than pride, a Warriors continued their franchise-record hurl toward a playoffs — yet it was anything yet smooth. Curry collected 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, Klay Thompson scored 16 and Barnes had only 4 — nothing bigger than his last.
Barnes held a round off an inbounds pass and dribbled toward a basket. With Archie Goodwin guarding him and Bledsoe perplexing to frame a ball, Barnes rose adult and finished from 5 feet out to finish off Phoenix.
“It was substantially good for us to feel that situation,” Kerr said, “and have to understanding with a pressure.”
Bledsoe had 18 points and 11 assists, Markieff Morris had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Brandan Wright combined 16 points and 12 rebounds for a Suns, who have mislaid 5 in a row. And while Phoenix is still mathematically in a competition for a Western Conference’s final playoff spot, a postseason hopes are all yet finished.
“It was a tough one to swallow,” pronounced Phoenix’s T.J. Warren, who scored 15 of his 17 points in a fourth. “We’re not quitting. We’re unresolved on by a small, tiny thread.”
The Warriors already have cumulative a tip playoff seed in a West and are shutting in on clinching a NBA’s best record over East-leading Atlanta. Even with a outrageous lead in a standings, Kerr pronounced he has no skeleton to rest his players and proclivity hasn’t been a problem, either.
But it looked like it for many of a game.
Warren, who scored 15 of his 17 points in a fourth, finished a retreat layup that started a three-point play that put Phoenix adult 89-88 with 5:33 remaining. Curry answered with a 3-pointer, and Tucker followed with another from over a arc as a teams traded baskets.
Bledsoe’s 3 extended Phoenix’s lead to 98-94 with 2:32 left. And after a Suns missed a possibility to emanate some-more separation, Curry connected on a pull-up 3-pointer.
The teams traded scores again before Warren banked in a turnaround fadeaway to give a Suns a 102-99 lead. Two security later, Curry found Thompson in transition for a restraining 3-pointer from a tip of a arc with 34.7 seconds remaining.
But a play had only begun. Tucker converted a retreat layup for another go-ahead measure for Phoenix before a mad method ensued:
Curry missed a shot, Bogut’s tip-back rimmed out, Barnes missed a curtain and Bogut came adult with a miscarry and tossed it out to Thompson, who found a wide-open Curry in a corner. Curry’s 3 put a Warriors adult with 6.8 seconds left, promulgation a announced sellout throng of 19,596 into a frenzy and chanting “M-V-P!”
Just a few seconds later, Bledsoe rolled off a high shade to a basket to kick Thompson for a retreat layup. But Barnes came by when a Warriors indispensable him most, erasing all Golden State had finished wrong — and all Phoenix had finished so well.
“It’s kind of a approach a deteriorate has been going,” Suns manager Jeff Hornacek said. “We finished plays, yet didn’t get a stop. Both teams were scoring during a finish and they got a final shot.”
Kerr tied Paul Westphal and Tom Thibodeau for a many wins by a rookie coach. Westphal went 62-20 with a Phoenix Suns in a 1992-93 season, and Thibodeau guided a Chicago Bulls to a same record in 2010-11.
Warriors: Draymond Green sat out for a third true diversion to rest his shins. … The Warriors are an NBA-best 35-2 during home.
Warriors: At Dallas on Saturday.
Suns: Host Jazz on Saturday.
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